A Classic Mercury Retrograde Dilemma…And Solution.

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 Hello Mystic

I’m a Virgo Double Capricorn, a long time subscriber of your awesome site, I live in a groovy Bohemian suburb in the Inner West in Sydney and I have a question about the Mercury Retrograde that I’m hoping you can give me some insight/guidance on.

I’m applied for a new role within my current company. I really like the role I’m doing now and feel very competent in it, but hey – it’s always exciting to take a step up & learn & do new things with great new people and teams. And I also feel you should always try to grab new opportunities when they arise, especially if it has to do with one’s career.

So I’ve applied for the role last week – and I have a very good chance of being offered the role, but I now realize if that happens, the role will probably be offered to me during the Mercury Retrograde (eek!). If I accept the role, which is one I want to do, I don’t think there’s going to be any time to drag out the acceptance until mid Feb when the Retrograde is over.

Any advice / hints on what to look out for / tips on how to stay cool about the situation (or has Merc Rx already got me going bats cause I’m even thinking about it this way?!)

Thanks for your help

Virgo Double Cap

Dear Virgo/Double Cap,

First of all thank you for being a subscriber! You and your compatriots fuel this site, infuse the online Tarot with your Awesome and help keep this joint free of advertisements.

Now to your question – it’s a good one and it occurs to people ALL the time.  Personally, the only thing that i am absolutely religious about with Mercury Retrograde is buying devices and tech stuff. But even that is sometimes unavoidable. So we don’t freak out and go all dark ages about this stuff. Also, it’s never a good time to go in hot, dogged pursuit of a.w.o.l. people or opportunities during Venus/Mars/Mercury retro.

(F.Y.I. – all these retrograde times are in the Scheduler for a year ahead at any time, easily synched to iCal.)

We have to come at whatever is incoming from a position of power and obviously the Zap Zone ongoing till April is our cue to turn the boss dial up to max. So you’re forcing some upward mobility is a genius move, no matter what insecurity or reflex cringe factor it evokes.

In a way, you’re not signing a contract for anything NEW anyway – it’s a revision of your current position, an improved version of it. The classic bit of Mercury Retrograde fuqery is a black swan offer that flares up out of nowhere and feels urgent. THOSE are what you shun during Mercury Retro-Bats. THIS feels more like a sedate and well considered extension, super logical.

The only precaution would be to triple-check the terms of the contract, performance expectations and so on.  Your talk of ‘great new things’ and seizing opportunities etc makes me think you are ULTRA synched with Saturn in Sagittarius. Just finesse the details but hey, who am i to tell a Virgo/Double Cap that.

 

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Jennifer
Jennifer

I have a job interview during retrograde. Nothing I can do about that, though, there was zero flexibility in the timing. We’ll just have to see.

But I have Mercury retrograde natally and am not afraid of that shit anyway.

scorpiogrrl
scorpiogrrl

I had one yesterday and will know early next week *fingers crossed* I actually think it would be a fresh new opportunity, i’ve been at my job for four years. Morale is low at the company, time to move on. I also figure if its really crap in the new place it will be fresh enough to not care as much.

scorpiogrrl
scorpiogrrl

Thank you for posting this because I’ve got a problem. My housemate of two months is moving out so I have just started interviewing potential new housemates. I had a huge trouble finding housemates last year – my rent is a bit high for students and professionals can probably find a new place instead of the old house i rent. This current housemate has been a royal pain in the arse (scorpio as well, so you can see the problem). In some respects she’s been a good first pancake housemate to have sub-lease ready and show the bills at interview… Read more »

Jennifer
Jennifer

Wow, you’re reminding me of me because I have a similar “going broke paying for this alone, too old to get a roommate” issue, and a job interview. I think you just can’t stall for 3 weeks on shit like that.

scorpiogrrl
scorpiogrrl

Exactly what I’m thinking! I am really hoping that it works out – all last year i’d have people interested in dribs and drabs but then when I’d decide to let them move in (motivated out of money as i needed people) they’d find elsewhere. So far there is a couple from overseas who I think would be cool, it would mean things are cheaper for me splitting three ways which would be awesome. I think if anything I got the current housemate in because she seemed nice enough and i was desperate for someone to at least move in… Read more »

AnkhRising8.0
AnkhRising8.0

There’s so much going on in my chart with the current astro transits that I don’t even know where to start detangling what is coming from where. For instance, my sleep cycle has been the most disrupted aspect of my physical life, with earlier than usual waking times & loads of bizarre dreams thrown in, over the last week or so. It’s 3:00am now; after waking for the fourth time in so many hours, I gave up fighting it, made my morning coffee, and am getting on with my “day”– Good morning, sez this early bird 🙂 I’m not sure… Read more »

cal
cal

look to the 12th? Yes, Merc stationing in the 12th x

AnkhRising8.0
AnkhRising8.0

Oh the 12th, eh? Makes sense as by birth I’ve nothing in my 12th save Lilith– am not used to so much action there! Thanks, calypso x

AnkhRising8.0
AnkhRising8.0

12th also resonates as I feel consciously challenged, like shiz is happening beyond my immediate grasp.

AnkhRising8.0
AnkhRising8.0

Again, not a familiar feeling for me 😉 But hey, I’m game xx

cal
cal

I don’t really know but i decided to try stating things like I know instead of putting a bloody ? after everything 🙂 Anyway, I recall when Mars went Rx in Libra (as our Solar 12H – you know i quite like the Solar chart!) last year having insomnia.

AnkhRising8.0
AnkhRising8.0

Oh right– the rx in our solar 12th. Yes, yes…

I quite like your assertive, no questioning ‘tude, cal. You wear it well 🙂

cal
cal

me too 😉

AnkhRising8.0
AnkhRising8.0

Oh– and something else: Mega influx of initiating 5th house goodness over the last few weeks: art projects from jewelry making to picture painting to photo taking; parenting to the nth degree (my brothers’ kids, all 9 of them, have never brought me so much joy & rejuvie; and I’m trying to relocate to the bricks from my beloved sticks just to be nearer to supports & better schools for my son with autism); and I already mentioned my crush & *tempered* pursuit of Mr Pisces, Esq… So my 5th house is Kataka + Saturn. Activated big time, but by… Read more »

cal
cal

it’s the outlet for the T-square created by Pluto/Uranus and the Nodes?

cal
cal

– ?

😉

AnkhRising8.0
AnkhRising8.0

Hot damn you’re on a role! YES. Fab!!

AnkhRising8.0
AnkhRising8.0

I mean roll lol! Tootsie roll 😀

The Venus Fly
The Venus Fly

I have been falling asleep for the last 5 weeks at 4-5am. I hurt my back JUST as everyone went on vacation/staycation so no Chiro for 3 weeks so I was very stiff and sore. But you know, the dreams have been insane. It has been dredging through my lower vibrations and cleaning them on my behalf. Hardcore recalibration and phoenixing going on – MM never lied!!!! 🙂 <3

AnkhRising8.0
AnkhRising8.0

So interesting that you mention your back, Venus Fly, as I have a lifetime of bad back/spine history but have just begun to experience some deep relief with appropriate treatments– more foreign territory for me. Saturn through Scorpio was Huge for me re starting me on this path to bodily comfort & flexibility that I find myself now; as Saturn moves through Sagg, it will square that which is in my 6th house (by transit– empty 6th by birth). Interference… Interesting 🙂 Thank you x

The Venus Fly
The Venus Fly

Health is wealth, darlin’. My brother has a masters in Chinese Medicine and I worked for a Chiro back in LA so I can’t go more than 2 weeks without an adjustment. I do need to get back to the Accupuncture, though. And working out. I too have an Autistic child and for the first time EVER I am getting some form of respite. First time in 10 years I am able to follow my bliss authentically – uber blessed and grateful for this divine opportunity. It was meant to be, life was training we 🙂 <3

AnkhRising8.0
AnkhRising8.0

So awesome, & Joy for you & your boy!! Blessings, TVF x

Anonymous
Anonymous

🙂 <3

david5379
david5379

As far as merc retro issue that was being asked by the original post and not my lame comment, from experience when I pay attention and notice merc retros usually there is a thing you can’t avoid oncoming and basically you know it will kind of just be weird and won’t work out somehow, but that’s part of it and you can’t avoid it anymore then you could avoid any other astrology or situation you go through in life. Even if you wish it could be a normal version and not a retro version, it is still a piec of… Read more »

david5379
david5379

Fuck I forgot about that retro. Guys you think you can give me advice? This is some of the craziest astro I have seen coming the next few months, and I kind of see what its going to be playing out over personally and I dunno, if I could have any input that would help. So that girl I liked and talked about before, the one that I was crazy in to and who was in to me but I didn’t/ couldn’t go for it. It was four years ago, I was in the grips of social anxiety and also… Read more »

david5379
david5379

Also, earlier this year at the beginning of this fall semester, I passed by her but didn’t know it was her and she waved at me and I panicked and realized it was her and didn’t wave back(but did smile) and just didn’t do anything. It could have been a hey oh my gosh I see you starring at me I guess you’ll never hit on me you weirdo I see you, or it could have been just some other kind of wave and she is frustrated and was trying to get my attention and get SOMETHING. She had a… Read more »

Veronica
Veronica

Well you gotta give it a go…Yeah, I would do it if I were you, you might regret it for a long time if you don’t at least try 0_o I Did do a non internet version of that when I was about yr age (most definitely wld have done internet stalking if there was such a thing back then) There was a guy in the year above at design school who had the most beautiful otherworldly blue eyes, and I found out his name, who was in his classes and became friendly with them, looked up his timetable and… Read more »

david5379
david5379

well, good to know that worked that actually worked ha

pi
pi

Sounds like you feel rather swept up by your attraction to this girl and compelled to follow up given this slightly deviously obtained but not totally unusual I guess info. You sound as though you’re capable of acting normally around women which is a good start lol 🙂 if she has a bf, it strikes me that it’s wise to be cool and just see for yourself where that seems to be at. expectations, how you’re handling them, and what’s going on at her end of the world might be three things to keep in mind. Bring a friend who… Read more »

pi
pi

(Note that my Capricorn moon is where this ‘cool it’ vibe comes from, I do get that others might think quite differently ..)

david5379
david5379

thanks pi, I know I will have to lean towards keeping my cool, but oof, I feel like I will probably be internally really intense about it, your right though

Anonymous
Anonymous

I do understand what it’s like, trying to be relaxed and cool on the outside but on the inside a completely different story!

GRANT Kitchener
GRANT Kitchener

Mercury is stopping in qujncunx to my Cancerian sun ! oddly, i just had cappy sun transit qcx my uranus and had techy troubles! lol

R(aqua/tauri)
R(aqua/tauri)

I’m having pre retro crap w my new job too…issues with HR effing things up and delaying signing the official papers. Been in contact with them and got a flight already (booked by the) for a meeting so it seems like a lame paperwork hold up and nothing sketchy. Still….frustrating. Trusting and remaining calm.

cal
cal

I think whatever happens just go with the flow….take up MM’s advice not to chase and comments above about stuff working out perfectly when the time is right.

Can I share my Merc Rx anecdote here? My SKEPTIC Sis texted me “What does Mercury Retrograde mean?” I replied the basics. She comes back, “Oh, I was in a meeting and my workmate asked me if I could feel Mercury retrograde and I said “YES!” because I thought she meant the temperature had dropped, but later I realised … not!” I had to LOL 😀

AnkhRising8.0
AnkhRising8.0

Lol!

Drowing Capricorn
Drowing Capricorn

Dear V

Dear Virgo/Double Cap: Double Cap here and all my besties are Virgo. We’re going to be best friends, too. You’re going into Mercury Rx with an in-progress situation. Rx is as much about the REs – reconsidering, revising, revisiting …. you understand. The new job possibility may look different to you this time next week. Don’t over think things but don’t go with your gut, either. Good luck and keep us posted!

Seabird
Seabird

Ahhh dammit, I’ve just fallen victim to the Black Swan Opportunity, and of course it didn’t work out after an immense amount of work and effort that has left me frazzled to bits. And it didn’t work out because of communication that went astray. Expensive and exhausting. And strangely enough in the back of my mind were this week’s horoscopes saying don’t push things. I knew logically not to push but got talked into it and am feeling dark moon cross and bitter. Mystic nails it again and today’s subscriber mailout was a gem of dark moon advice and I… Read more »

The Venus Fly
The Venus Fly

It’s funny – folks always complain about issues and drama during Mercury Retrograde but ish is always smooth as butter for moi. Big tickets items bought? Run like a champ with no breakdowns or debts. Communications? Fantastic. Meeting new folks and signing paperwork? Great ish secured. Not to mention July and October are seriously magical times every year – the synchronicity is insane. And seeing as I love Fall/Winter fashion that’s sale time to boot. I always, ALWAYS find ish I’ve wanted for years on sale or find ish I envision for myself or my home for the price I… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous

Whats your Merc sign in, and what house, is it rx, what is Gemini and Virgo doing in your chart, etc?

The Venus Fly
The Venus Fly

Mercury in Taurus in the 12th House keeping my Sun and Chiron company. Gemini Rising in the 1st house, Virgo in Saturn in the 3rd House, Virgo ruling my fourth house where my True Node lies.

Interestingly enough all the things that NEVER came together are coming together during this Mercury Retrograde season for moi – go figure 😛

The Venus Fly
The Venus Fly

Oh, sorry – Mercury in Taurus is progressing my Second House in Cancer. Saturn in Virgo is transiting my 7th House 🙂 Domestic sychronicity in the house, big time. I’ve never lived in one city/country for more than 5 years and this past July I was like “Fly or nest”. I chose for the first time EVER to nest. Soooo much abundance. Not only material ish I’ve wanted coming for the right price – meetings at my home making my life easier in ways it was difficult since arriving back 5 years ago. MM’s stars and Tarot keep talking about… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous

Good for you! I wont knock your amazing prosperity vibes for sure. Not sure how your Mercury works with all of this, I just noticed that your Merc seems strong because youve got Merc Rising, Merc ruling in your 3rd house(another Merc house), and on top of that your Merc is in Taurus, which is traditionally a sign of abundance… so maybe that has something to do with it. Not an expert by any means, was just curious to your chart. I thought maybe you had a Merc Rx natally, so you are able to flow with the Rx vibes… Read more »

The Venus Fly
The Venus Fly

Mercury rules my first house, darlin’. Leo rules my third house 🙂 Virgo rules the 4th house and my Virgo in Saturn is in the 3rd 🙂

Anonymous
Anonymous

Sorry I wasnt clear – what I was trying to say with your Saturn in Virgo in the 3rd is that Mercury is also the ruler of Virgo, and because it is placed in the 3rd, a house traditionally viewed as the house of Gemini(another Mercury ruled planet), its like a double Mercury dose in your 3rd.

The Venus Fly
The Venus Fly

True Node in Virgo transiting Libra which rules my 5th House…?

Anonymous
Anonymous

so you have fire + earth issues – what do you have in these signs?

The Venus Fly
The Venus Fly

Funny you say that because Earth dominated my chart and I am always perceived as Fire. July is Cancer/Leo vibes and I am widely perceived as one. I have Sun/Mercury/Chiron (12thH)Mars/Venus (11thH) in Taurus, Jupiter in Leo in the 3rd House, Lilith in Leo in the Second House. If you did Draconin Astrology my placements become all Sagg and Scorpio with the Eros/Psyche in Virgo. Feel deeply connected to the elements of earth and fire big time. Any time I do a reading I always, ALWAYS get Empress, Queen of Pentacles, Queen of Fire, Strength and TONNES of favorable placements… Read more »

hermes26
hermes26

I am in a similar position – having just applied for a new job. Likewise, my husband is waiting to hear about a new role (promotion) with his existing employer. I am Gemini and he is Virgo so I’d expect we’ll feel this Merc Rx. HOWEVER… in my experience, Mercury Rx tends to affect me in the following ways: – Increased likeliness of accidents (especially those involving my hands. Honestly, by the end of Mercury Rx I always have a number of burns / cuts / scratches on my arms). Road incidents are also more likely. – Return of old… Read more »

prowlncrab
prowlncrab

Yes I think it also depends on the house & sign mercury is in when it retrogrades and the aspect it forms to the natal mercury. Interestingly this retro is occurring in my aqua 9th house and I have recently switched my degree over to another course. The retro squares my natal leo merc so there was some angst in the decision making process (long story).

davidl
davidl

Yes the house is key, if the retro is in your 10th house you may need to have a closer look. The other thing I check are the transits of mercury to natal planets. They normally last 3 days but are described to last months during a retro period. My question is if merc is trine Venus say, a nice transit. Is it’s effect nullified or reversed during the retro ? Turning the pleasant 3 day transit into a 3 month ordeal ? Let’s assume the outcome is the same. What normally takes 3 days takes 3 months. Why would… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous

it isn’t thinking?

prowlncrab
prowlncrab

Good question DL … alas one which I have no answer or compelling rationale for. As a rule of thumb I do not get too hung up on the transits of fast moving planets. My experience shows that most of the time they come and go without a blip. With Mercury I expect there to be delays, communication/people going awol and the like. I trust that this is revision is necessary for some universal correction or whatever and trust programming will return to normal after a retro. Helps with not getting too hung up by its annoying antics. The things… Read more »

The Venus Fly
The Venus Fly

Interestingly enough, life is fantastic for moi when Mercury Retrograde. No issues. However Capricorn season felt Mercury Retrograde to the hilt: 1) My modem stopped transmitting my signal so I was essentially without a home signal for a week. Spent hours with bad overseas Customer Service agent trying to get ish ‘rebooted’ and ‘rectified’ only for it to fail again. Whatevs. When I went to go get a new phone in Sagg season the rep told me I could upgrade to Cable internet which was 4 times faster for free, I said, hey, why not? Due to the holiday seasons,… Read more »

prowlncrab
prowlncrab

Merc Rx has often featured an offer that looked awesome, but then fizzled out, only to be followed up by a counter offer that was better than the first one. Case in point: last Merc Rx I was house hunting. Aware of the fuqery that could occur during the retrograde I was cautious, but found a lovely house that both myself and the housemate loved. We applied. There was dickery around referees going awol and the property went to someone else. We were disappointed, but I remembered my mercury manners and just plodded onwards. Just after merc went direct we… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous

“Mercury manners”, awesome! Need to make some sort of mantra out of it and post it on my wall every Rx.

prowlncrab
prowlncrab

I forgot my own advice and kicked my computer yesterday morning when it wouldn’t start!! 😉

Mercury manners indeed … maybe sometimes the trickster needs a good kick in the bum? Well my computer did start after that. :mrgreen:

Lux Interior is My Co-Pilot
Lux Interior is My Co-Pilot

yay, go you!

I learnt the hard way never to buy big-ticket items during Merc Rx

Charles
Charles

This sounds like more of a horizontal move, Mercury would probably approve as the Lord of short trips.

That being said, I took a new job out of sheer desperation, signing a contract during a Merc Rx. That job only lasted a few months, ending during the next Merc Rx.

Anonymous
Anonymous

i worked for years freelance and the gigs that came during the retro always tended to return during retros. i just figured those people were my retro peeps and rolled with it. it was never a big deal and often the renegotiation at a later date that mercury retro promises was for better gigs with more money or similar. what i’ve observed is that the shadow and turn direct are the demon days.

Anonymous
Anonymous

This is informative, thanks for sharing this.

Anonymous
Anonymous

i got a gig 2 years ago had to sign on the day it turned. It was promised to be ongoing. Lasted 6 weeks. Then nothing. Which was weird because all the other astro was perfect – time to shine in front of superiors etc. I worked my ass off. And a superior noticed me. Last retro, out of the blue on the day it turned the job came back. All the perfect astro from then is unfolding now. Ideal hours (just do whatever days you want, we’ll work around your schedule) + energy exchange for my now. It wouldn’t… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous

and I made sure the next few demon days weren’t when I was working – better to come back once it’s over and look/be super organised and professional 🙂

Gemstone
Gemstone

This is great info. I have a friend who is an astrology also, and she swears that when someone has Mercury Rx in their chart (either natally or by progression), things like that can happen. She told me about an attorney client who settles almost all of his cases during Mercury Rx, and it’s really lucrative for him. She said it happens every year, so now he looks at the calendar and plans his cases for Mercury Rx! This is a great topic. I hope everything works out for folks trying to land new positions!

Gemstone
Gemstone

I can’t edit!!! I meant to say astrologer….. sorry.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Whoa, awesome! Merc Rx magic…

Anonymous
Anonymous

yes! good luck to all the job swapping peeps.

DP
DP

I can second the turning-direct day being a demon day!!!

AstroGeek
AstroGeek

Good luck, Virgo Double Cap. Have a similar sitch happening, although mine involves a temporary relocation to London in addition to more work and more pay from the same client. We’ve been going back and forth about this since early December and they still haven’t signed on the dotted line (nor sent me a contract). I’ve had a few verbal “yesses” but nothing in writing and I’m supposed to be in London as of Feb 2. I’ve given them until tomorrow to commit or I’m just moving on and telling them NO. Mystic’s note about not trying to rush things… Read more »

Runa Hauk
Runa Hauk

Am having a hellish Dark Moon and Merc Retro. It seemed to start on Saturday, and it is just getting worse day by day. Bizarre cell phone misfunction issues (Have had to hard reboot and erase everything twice so far. Have lost all my data on my phone, including all contacts etc). Contract issues/Client re-negotiation issues. Reversals. Delays. Road Blocks. Dead Ends. Cancellations. Rescheduling. Miscommunications galore. Massive Anxiety Attacks all day today. Trying to ground myself with exercise, and doing my best to let the anxiety blow away…So stressed! 🙁

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